The battle with Ich continues WTF

AR115

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We had battles ich for about a month (losing 3 of 4 of our new clown loaches and 1 tetra). After a month of treatment with Ich-X and daily water changes and frequent gravel vacs We thought we had it beat. No spots on the last loach or any other fish in the tank. We waited 3 weeks before adding any other fish. Yesterday we got 3 new clown loaches, RT shark and a few bosemani rainbows. We woke up this morning to the 3 new clown loaches with a few tiny spots but none on our slightly bigger original CL.! Immediately began Ich-X treatment. Do all clown loaches get Ich whenever they are new to a tank, sure feels like it
 

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They are very prone to ich. What’s your temperature at? I keep my clowns temperature around 82-84%. Have my clowns for 5 yrs and never got ich. When I do get ich from my other tanks I usually just add salt and bump the temperature up to around 86-88% for a couple of weeks while doing wc everything other day and feed very lightly if their even interested in the food.
 

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Sounds like you successfully removed ich from your tank with the Ich-X treatment, then proceeded to re-introduce it again with a bunch of new infected fish.

This is the reason that quarantine is important. You should assume most new fish are are going to be infected, and you should plan to quarantine and treat before introducing them into your main tank. This is particularly important if you have fish like loaches that are particularly susceptible to ich infestation.
 

AR115

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Should have stated in the first post but we didn’t get the new fish yesterday we introduced them yesterday so just to clarify sorry I mis stated that. All new fish had been in a 29 gallon QT for 2 and half weeks with no issues. I also keep the temp between 80-82
 

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I've heard that ich survives chlorine treatment and can come in on tap water. Not sure if that is true, but whether it is or not, ich can lurk at low levels in aquaria for long periods of time and wait for a moment of stress or some susceptible fish to come back with a vengeance.

Clown loaches are very susceptible to ich, and after trying to keep them many times over the years, I gave up. The way I care for my tanks with large water changes and fish in and out of the tank, sooner or later they would always get it. Beautiful fish, but I don't see myself ever keeping them again for that reason. There are lots of beautiful fish out there that have high resistance to ich, and I've chosen to go with them instead.
 

skjl47

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quarantine is important.
a 29 gallon QT for 2 and half weeks with no issues.
Hello; Sounds like you are on the right track. Two weeks plus should be enough for ick to show up in a QT from my experience.

When you treated the tank the first time did you continue the treatment for 7 days to 10 days after the last spot was seen? You may already know this but the only life stage at witch the ich parasite can be killed is right after it hatches from the egg and before it burrows into a fish. I continue to treat the extra days because unhatched eggs will lay about and hatch later.

If i have the correct information you kept the temp around 82 degrees during treatment. This may be a possible explaination as to why the ich could come back. Raising the temps to near 90 does one thing for sure. That is it speeds up the lifecycle of the parasite. At the cooler temps the eggs may have been able to lie around and still be viable for some days longer. Just a guess that I have not too much confidence in. I am a bit stumped that the ich was apparently gone for three weeks and then showed up.

By the way there is reported to be at least one strain of ich that can survive the higher temperatures. One of our more civilized and experienced mods has reported this.
Good luck and let us know if you can figure out what happened.
 
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